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1/22/2014 (1 year ago)

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Individuals, in attention to households, are at an all-time high

There was lots of coupon flashing at grocery store checkout lines in the recently retired year of 2013. According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a record 20 percent of American households -- one in five, was on food stamps last year. Further investigation revealed that not only was there a record number of households on food stamps - but so were individuals.

Individuals receiving nutritional assistance were also at an all-time high.

Individuals receiving nutritional assistance were also at an all-time high.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/22/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Food Stamps, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, SNAP, households, individuals


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The cost of the program, which goes under the much longer name of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, was also at an all-time high.

There were 23,052,388 households on food stamps in the average month of fiscal 2013, an increase of 722,675 from fiscal year 2012, when there were 22,329,713 households on food stamps in the average month.

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The Census Bureau's estimates were based upon the total number of U.S. households in the last month of September of each fiscal year to determine the percentage of all U.S. households in that fiscal year that were on food stamps.

According to the Census Bureau, there were 115,013,000 households last year, which means the households on food stamps, 23,052,388 households, equaled 20.0 percent of all households.

The number of households on food stamps in the past five years alone has greatly increased. In fiscal year 2009 - Oct. 1, 2008 through Sept. 30, 2009 -- the number of households on food stamps was 15,232,115. Five years later, in 2013, that amount had increased by 51.3 percent to reach 23,052,388 households.

Individuals receiving nutritional assistance were also at an all-time high. The monthly average for individuals on food stamps last year hit an all-time-high of 47,636,084, according to the USDA, an increase of 1,027,012 over the 46,609,072 individuals who were participating in the program in 2012.

That number has dramatically increased from five years ago. In fiscal year 2009, the number of individuals participating in the food stamp program was 33,489,975. In 2013, the number was 47,636,084, an increase of 42.2 percent.

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